Staying close to nature can help fight depression and obesity

The fact that a refreshing breeze, warm rays of life-giving sunlight and sweet-smelling greenery can work its magic on not just ailing patients but even healthy people, is not new. A lush, pretty garden in the premises of a hospital can actually help patients recover better and faster, say city doctors. A lot of studies and researches have been done to validate this. A few decades ago, environmental psychologist Roger Ulrich demonstrated that gazing at a garden can speed up the healing process of patients who have undergone surgery or have infections and other ailments.

Dr Ramen Goel, bariatric and metabolic surgeon, says, “People living close to green spaces are likely to be more active. They are less likely to be obese and dependent on anti-depressants.” Clinical nutritionist Nupur Krishnan adds, “When people stay close to nature or have greenery around them, they are likely to be eating healthy. The surrounding you stay in affects the kind of lifestyle you lead.”


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